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Cybathlon Team HSR ENHANCED

The Cybathlon is a championship for pilots with disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies.
It took place for the first time on October 8th 2016 in Zurich Kloten. The competitions are comprised of six disciplines that test the ability of pilots to navigate a series of everyday tasks, while using assistive devices and robotic technology.
The ILT has won the Powered Wheelchair Race 2016 as Cybathlon Team HSR Enhanced and aims to defend the title in 2020. Our pilot is Florian Hauser. More information:

Aims of the project

  • Develop a robotic wheelchair.
  • Enable the pilot to overcome the six obstacles in the championship safely, accurately and within time limits.
  • Provide maximal agility and fun to our pilot at the Cybathlon race.



Within ten months, the ILT has developed the robotic wheelchair ‚ZED‘ in three project phases:

  1. Concept phase: technology research and concept development at ILT.
  2. Functional protoype development: a team of B.Sc and M.Sc students finalizes the concept, develops the functionalities and integrates them into a functional protopye.
  3. Race prototype development: the ILT team improves the design and finalizes the development of the race-ready device ‚ZED‘.

We have successfully finished every phase according to specifications and on time. Every phase has been accompanied by heavy testing and feedbacks by the pilot.


By combination of straightforward technical development and the commitment and skills of our pilot Florian, HSR Enhanced has exceeded all expectations:

  • The robotic wheelchair has performed reliably and safely.
  • Both pilot and wheelchair have delivered their optimal performance.
  • HSR Enhanced has negotiated the course with a perfect score and faster than all competitors.
  • HSR Enhanced is champion of the Powered Wheelchair Race at Cybathlon 2016!


Further Races



In October 2017, HSR Enhanced demonstrated their wheelchair in the Cybathlon Experience at the RehaCare fair 2017. As HSR Enhanced and its competitor Caterwil were on a very similar level, they delivered thrilling neck-to-neck races in every single run. The runs were on a consistent high level during the whole event and we are very proud of our pilot Flo who delivered once again outstanding performances every day.



HSR Enhanced will participate in the Cybathlon Experience at the Rollivision fair on June 23rd 2018. We are currently improving the technique of the wheelchair for this event. Do you want to support the technical development and our participation at the Cybathlon Experience in Nottwil? Here you find more information



Participation in an intended Cybathlon Series championship in overseas (event to be confirmed). The drivers behind the Cybathlon SERIES is to deepen the knowledge within specific disciplines and promote scientific exchange worldwide.


CYBATHLON 2020, Zurich:

HSR Enhanced will participate in the Powered Wheelchair Race at Cybathlon 2020. We will do our best to defend our title from 2016!



You may support us as a Bronze, Silver or Gold Sponsor for our participation in the Cybathlon Experience and other team activities in 2018. You find further information here:

We are looking forward to teaming up with you!


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Project Outline HSR Enhanced